The Australian Ladies

32 bar Reel : 3 couples

Music : The Australian Ladies

1-4 First couple cross over giving the right hand and cast off two places. Second and third couples step up.

5-8 First and third couples dance right hands across once round, first couple finishing in the middle facing up with right hands joined.

9-12 First couple lead up, cross over and cast off round second couple to finish in second place on own sides. Third couple step down.

13-16 First and second couples dance left hands across once round.

17-20 First couple cross over giving the right hand and cast round first corner's position to finish, first man between third couple facing up, first woman between second couple facing down. At the same time second and third couples set to partner then cross over giving the right hand, second couple to face down, third couple up. Figure 1.

Figures 1&2 Australian Ladies

21-24 First couple change places giving the right hand and cast round second corner's position to finish in second place on opposite sides. At the same time second and third men, and women, set to each other then change places giving the right hand to finish facing partner across the dance. Figure 2 (bars 23-24).

25-28 First couple cross back to own sides giving the right hand and cast round partner's first corner's position to finish, first man between third couple facing down, first woman between second couple facing up. At the same time second and third couples set to partner then cross back to own sides giving the right hand, second couple to face up, third couple down.

29-32 First couple change places giving the right hand and cast round partner's second corner's position to finish on own sides in second place. At the same time second and third men, and women, set to each other then change places giving the right hand. (Second woman and third man make a polite turn at the end of bar 32).

Repeat, having passed a couple.

Devised by Bob Campbell, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Glasgow Assembly & Other Scottish Dances

Devised in May 1967 for Jean Conway, Elma See, Lorraine Dyall and Margaret Gray of the Newcastle Colleges Strathspey and Reel Club in Australia. The Club is now part of the recently formed Hunter Valley Branch of the RSCDS.